(8-3-20) State athletic associations across the US cancelled all spring sports, all but one the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

Yesterday they completed the final state final game at the Iowa Cubs home field, Principal Park, in Des Moines.

Ohio schools were playing what was termed by many as ‘Summer Baseball’.

“The show where everything is made up and the points don’t matter! That’s right, the points are just like…

While in Iowa, home of ‘Field Of Dreams‘, they were playing baseball at a high level and it all ended with four state champions being named.

2020 IHSAA State Championships – Saturday, August 1

  • Class 1A – Don Bosco, Gilbertville 3, Newman Catholic, Mason City 2
  • Class 2A – Van Meter 6, Des Moines Christian 0
  • Class 3A – Norwalk 8, Gilbert 6
  • Class 4A – Johnston 11, Ankeny 8

Very impressive in the nightmare year of 2020 and the COVID 19 pandemic.

Did it work in Iowa? Could it have worked in Ohio and other states?

According to the Iowa High School Athletic Association…of the 338 varsity baseball teams that started this summer, only 12 didn’t finish due to the COVID 19.

Did the pandemic stop fans from attending the four championship series games. According to Iowa HS Baseball it was the highest attendance numbers since the 2014 tournament.

‘Field of Dreams’

John Kinsella:Is this heaven?
Ray Kinsella:It’s Iowa.
John Kinsella:Iowa? I could have sworn this was heaven.
John Kinsella:Oh yeah. It’s the place where dreams come true.
Ray Kinsella:[Ray looks around, seeing his wife playing with their daughter on the porch] Maybe this is heaven.
In a Des Moines Register story Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said –

“Recently, I was in Sioux Center, and a young man, a high school senior, thanked me for letting him play baseball this summer. He said it really meant a lot to him and to his teammates to get the opportunity to play this summer.

That began with parents and students saying, ‘All we want is a chance to play ball.’ Iowa schools, the athletic unions, coaches, players and parents worked together to play safely and responsibly. They showed we can do this, and we can do this safely.”

 

 

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